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MUSHOWANI coach Paul “Popopo”Chimalizeni has blasted Chegutu Pirates fans, saying their behaviour at Pfupajena on Saturday could only be expected from animals, as his side cleared a tricky hurdle in the World Navi Northern Region Division One soccer league. The visitors needed a late penalty, which triggered violent disturbances at Pfupajena, but Mushowani still got the job done and kept their lead in the race for a Premiership title.

Idilisa Kaponda converted a penalty in the 84th minute awarded to them after midfielder Nyasha Bude was fouled inside the box.

The home team’s fans threw missiles onto the pitch, in response to the penalty decision, and an assistant referee was struck in the ensuing commotion.

Chimalizeni said they deserved their victory and praised his “g midfield” that dominated possession.

“Our game plan was to score first and we managed to do that. We were outplaying them, especially, in the midfield and that paid for us,” said Chimalizeni, who also coached Lengthens in the Premiership.

“Their supporters behaved like animals. After the game they started throwing missiles at us and we spent an hour standing in the middle of the pitch.

“We had to be escorted by the police.

“When we got there around 1pm they refused us entry into the stadium saying they wanted to get in first. They wanted to frustrate us but we didn’t get frustrated, we know the game is now about mind games.

“Everyone wants to beat us and they try all the tricks.

“I am happy we managed to win and maintain the position, we should now take it as it comes and try to maintain our position. So there is a bit of pressure but we just need to remain calm and focused.”

Pirates’ coach Tavaka Gumbo was crying foul as he said they were robbed by the referee.

“We were having an upper hand throughout the game but the referee was biased. Our downfall was caused by the referee. I was very satisfied, my guys played very well.

“The supporters were just contesting the handling of the match by the referee.

I want to encourage our supporters, they have to cool the temperatures, results are going to come,” said Gumbo.

Chegutu Pirates are yet to win a match and their best performance so far has been a draw.

And, given that there were high expectations in the town this year following a g run towards the end of the campaign last year, it’s understandable that the team’s poor run has stoked emotions among their hardline fans.

But targeting a referee or holding the visiting team hostage for about an hour, after the end of the game, is not the kind of reaction that is expected from fans in this age and era.

Source : The Herald

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